Out & About, July 25th-28th 2013

Hi Mama, here’s a few ideas to inspire you to get out and try something new, or revisit your favourite things to do in Vancouver. It’s always nice to be a tourist in your own town, don’t you think?

Up first…

Watch the Penguins Waddle ~ Vancouver Aquarium

Today my little family is going to the Aquarium to check out the penguin waddle! And of course to see the belugas and the jellyfish and the frogs…the list goes on. My son is not quite three and yet his fascination for the animals at the Aquarium is full blown. He falls in love every time we go, and you can see why.The penguins are so cute!

Penguin Walk - 2013-07-22 - Meighan Makarchuk_MG_7811

From the Aquablog at Vancouver Aquarium ~ ‘Everyone’s favourite flightless birds are stepping out of Vancouver Aquarium’s Penguin Point and going for a daily walk in front of visitors. It’s a chance for people to see the penguins up close, like never before, and take in their famous adorable waddle.

This week, the Vancouver Aquarium launches a fun and engaging new experience for visitors with its much-loved African penguins—the penguin walk. Guests are invited to watch the birds waddle along the beluga deck at the Arctic Canada Gallery, providing an enrichment opportunity for the birds and a delightful display for visitors.’

Bard on the Beach ~ ‘This above all, to thine own self be true.’

My better half and I went to an evening performance of Hamlet on opening night. What can I say? It was fantastic. I loved that this Shakespearean play was brought to modern times with the costuming and the attention to detail which made it so much easier to follow. And of course, the backdrop of Vancouver at night was spectacular. More details will be available in a blog post in the very near future but for now I just have to tell you to go, it’s that good!

Get Tickets to See Hamlet

Botanimalology ~ Expressions of Nature

The ArtStarts Gallery is the first in Canada devoted exclusively to young people’s art. Since the gallery opened in 2006, our exhibitions have celebrated the exciting artwork that emerges when students, educators and professional artists work together to deepen learning, creativity and community connections.

Free Weekend Workshops

ArtStarts on SaturdaysOn the last Saturday of the month, ArtStarts on Saturdays is a free workshop series for families that features 45-minute, multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse workshops led by some the best children’s performers on tour.

808 Richards Street

Admission is free to the gallery


Geocaching is treasure hunting at its finest. You look for treasures people have hidden around town and hide some of your own for others to find. It can be done anytime and any place, but what better time than right now. Sign up at Geocaching.com and get set to go on adventures right in your own neighbourhood, or check out a new part of town and make a day of it. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Meet Your Local Firefighters ~ Firehall No. 6 Open House

July 28th, 1-3pm
Fire Hall No. 6, 1001 Nicola Street
Vancouver, V6G 2E1
All ages, Free

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is hosting open houses at fire halls across Vancouver throughout the summer. Meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have, and enjoy refreshments and demonstrations.

There you have it mama, your weekend is set!

My family and I are heading up to Whistler for some much needed rest and relaxation. I hope you enjoy this fabulous weather we’re having and get out and about in our lovely city.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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